The Free Roma Culture Festival takes place in Glasgow this weekend

THE cultural heritage of Scotland’s Roma communities is on display in Glasgow this weekend.

Roma arts group Ando Glaso is hosting their first Roma cultural festival today and tomorrow, giving the chance to immerse yourself in a program of concerts, talks, exhibitions and live workshops from Scotland-based Roma artists.

Held at the CCA on Sauchiehall Street, the free event will aim to showcase the vibrant community culture in Scotland.

Janos Lang, Creative Director of Ando Glaso, said: “This unique festival is the first of its kind in Scotland, showcasing the colorful and often invisible Roma cultural heritage.

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“We aimed to put together a program that will feature artists, experts, artists from the Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, Spanish and Scottish communities of the GRT.

“We hope the festival will strengthen the bond between our fragmented communities and provide the general public with an opportunity to connect with Roma and the culture currently present in Scotland.”

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and in partnership with the National Library of Scotland, Ando Glaso has embarked on a year-long project to explore the cultural heritage of Scotland’s various Roma communities.

The finale of this project is the two-day cultural festival.

It will host the world premiere of a major new work commissioned by Ando Glaso as part of the Scottish Year of Stories and funded by Museums Galleries Scotland.

Tales of a Traveling Scotland will explore the cultural heritage of Scotland’s vibrant traveling community in the same way their history has been preserved and passed on for centuries; through music, songs and stories.

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The play will be performed by storyteller Jess Smith accompanied by Kevin Whyte, Ian MacGregor and Ciaran Ryan.

Other highlights of the two days include concerts by award-winning Daniel Martinez Flamenco, Glasgow-based band ZOR, Ando Glaso Collective, Romacaleo and Romane Cierhenia representing the Romanian, Polish, Slovak, Czech and Hungarian.

Tickets for all events are free.

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Helen D. Jessen